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We have the chance now to play our part in tackling this global challenge. Taking action to cut greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland can also create new jobs, improve public health and reduce poverty, creating a better future for all of us.

The Scottish Government wants to know your views on a new Climate Change Act.

Ask the First Minister to use this opportunity to stand up to climate change, and create a better future for people and nature in Scotland and around the world. 

Let’s get 10,000 people asking the First Minister for a strong climate bill!

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Dear First Minister

Please ensure the new Climate Change Act commits Scotland to doing our fair share in tackling climate change and limiting the global temperature increase to 1.5ºC. Please set a target of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest, and a reduction of 77% by 2030, ensure that future finance budgets are consistent with our climate targets and commit to policy action in transport, buildings and farming

I would like Scotland’s new Climate Change Act to:

1) Set a target of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest, and a reduction of 77% by 2030

2) Ensure that future finance budgets are consistent with our climate targets :

  • The annual Scottish Budget must allocate funding in a way that is consistent with delivering the required greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets

3) Commit to actions that cut emissions and deliver a cleaner, healthier, more prosperous Scotland:

  • Cut emissions from our homes: Ensure that all homes have at least Energy Performance Rating ‘C’ by 2025 Heating our homes and buildings is responsible for 50% of our climate emissions. Bringing all homes up to EPC ‘C’ by 2025 would not only reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, but would help tackle fuel poverty and create jobs all across Scotland.
  • Cleaner transport: phase out the sale of new fossil fuel cars by 2030 Our emissions from transport have hardly gone down since 1990. Phasing out fossil fuel vehicles would reduce emissions, clean up air pollution and improve the nation’s health.
  • Greener farming: Set a nitrogen budget for Scotland by 2020 Farming is responsible for almost a quarter of Scotland's climate pollution, and lots of this comes from the manufacture and use of nitrogen-based fertilisers – a national nitrogen budget would help to promote more efficient use of fertilisers and a switch to alternatives, such as composts made from recycled food waste.

Please treat this as a response to the Climate Change Bill consultation.

Yours sincerely

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